Modified Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R: Armed with a turbocharger and Cafe Racer styling
The general appeal of Schmidt’s Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R custom build is a blend of Cafe Racer and Tracker, and is by far one of the coolest Sportsters we’ve seen so far.
Bring in a 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R and a man with a liking for Cafe Racers – the result? A nasty and sharp looking motorcycle, sportier than before. And ah! The real punch is that 34-year-old maker Bryce Schmidt has fitted it with a turbo. Schmidt has a soft spot for Cafe Racer designs and there aren’t many Harleys with that design character. Therefore, he decided to go there while strengthening the sporting appeal of the Sportster.
The first thing to do was to strip the Harley of its original bodywork, leaving only the engine cradle. The tubular subframe was built, the rear part was hand-shaped, and aluminum side covers were made to cover the seat. The swingarm was lengthened and the rear monoshock was replaced by that of a Ninja.
The rear wheel is also from a Kawasaki Ninja, for which Schmidt machined the hub, spacers and axle. Instead of the original belt drive, the Harley Sportster is now chain driven.
Fitting a custom Harley with a turbo was Schmidt’s original idea, for which all supporting parts had to be machined. It opted for a T15 turbo and Mikuni 45mm HSR carburetor mated to its own custom designed header, pie-cut from 304 stainless steel.
The front forks have Progressive Suspensions adjustable cartridge inserts with dual front brakes and stainless steel pipes for easy handling and braking. The original orange paint has been replaced with an all-black scheme.
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The general appeal of Schmidt’s custom build is a blend of Cafe Racer and Tracker, and is by far one of the coolest Sportsters we’ve seen so far.
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